From pre-colonial indigenous rituals to Catholic, Chinese, and Islamist cultures, Philippine bridal customs are a lovely fusion of native and foreign influences. However, despite having different cultural backgrounds, love and commitment is a common theme in Filipino wedding festivities.

A conventional Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to publicly ask for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals lengthy before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan do love the couple on the first day while holding their joined fingers over a plate of rice. After that, the partners went back to their orchard and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next time.

The majority of people in the Philippines still adhere to pamanhikan customs now, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom properly get led on separate processions while frequently carrying food or flower presents. The couple will finally kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the grain plate.

The brides will usually obtain a kalamay bathtub( a plate of slippery grain cakes) from their guests during the reception. The corn serves as a reminder of their commitment to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a way for them to express their gratitude for their assistance and cooperation in the wedding festivities.

The newlyweds will then typically dance during the «money dance,» also known as» the dollar dance.» The bride and groom’s friends and family gather in sherengas during this time to party with them while having expenses pinned or taped to their clothes. The sum of cash raised represents their blessings and well wishes for the newlyweds.